Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician Assistant (Primary Care, Mental Health Integration) in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
- Ann Arbor, MI
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent
Opened Wednesday 7/27/2016 (91 day(s) ago)
** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (66 day(s) away)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1763142
OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI)
The Physician Assistant (PA), functions as an integral member of the Primary Care Mental Health/Emergency Department Mental Health (PCMH/EDMH) team, and is responsible for providing comprehensive mental health services to patients seen in the outpatient Primary Care clinics of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. The Physician Assistants responsibilities also include timely evaluation and management of patients presented acutely to the Urgent Care/Emergency Department (as well as OP MH Clinics as needed)
The PA works collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment to assess, plan treatment, and implement the care of patients with acute and chronic health conditions focusing on mental health.
In addition to providing direct patient care (face to face as well as Clinical Video Conferencing) including prescribing medications (and administering injections with appropriate training), the PA provides patient and family teaching, staff education, and; consults and collaborates with other health care providers; participates in nursing and psychiatry program evaluation projects/collaborative research and ; refers patients to appropriate specialty care.
The PA promotes wellness and collaborates with patients to establish realistic health goals.
The PA demonstrates leadership in delivering holistic care through collaborative strategies including working closely with the Mental Health Service and Ambulatory Care Service staff as well as family members of patients.
The PA serves as an expert practitioner, executing position responsibilities that demonstrate leadership, experience and creative approaches to management of complex patient care.
There may be other duties as assigned including but not limited to providing back-up clinical coverage in other settings such as the Hospital (e.g. AIMH, CL, SUD-IOP) or Community Based Services (e.g. VEAR, MHICM)
Tour of duty: Usually tour is Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but may include evening hours and weekends based on clinical need
NOTE:This is an open and continuous job opportunity announcement. The first certificate can be issued a minimum of fifteen business days after the opening date. Certificates are issued on an unannounced periodic basis based on requests from management. Applications will be evaluated and referred for selection as vacancies occur within the organization. This announcement may close at any time once all positions are filled.
- Not Required
- Must pass pre-employment examination.
- Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
- Background and/or Security Investigation required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
APPENDIX G8. PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT QUALIFICATION STANDARD
VA Handbook 5005/78 Part II Appendix G8 dated September 5, 2014
1. COVERAGE.The following are the requirements for appointment as a Physician Assistant (PA) in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). These requirements apply to all PAs employed in the VN/AD 603 series appointed under 38 U.S.C 7401(1) or 38 U.S. C. 7405 in VHA.
2. BASIC REQUIREMENTS
a. Citizenship.Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3, g, of this part.)
b. Education.The candidate must meet the following:
(1) Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; and
(2) A Bachelors degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
(1) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
(2) Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years, as provided in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section G, Paragraph 5.
(3) If a PAs NCCPA certification is suspended, revoked or expires, the PA must be removed from the occupation which may result in termination of employment.
d. Physical Standards.See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Part II, Appendix A.
e. English Language Proficiency.PAs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d).
GRADE REQUIREMENTS.In addition to the basic requirements, the following qualifications criteria must be met in determining the appropriate grade for appointment or promotion eligibility. Requirements for appointment or promotion to a specific grade are based on the candidates ability to demonstrate the elements described.
a. Full Grade.In addition to meeting the basic requirements, individuals appointed to this grade must meet all the following requirements:
(1) Experience / Education.None beyond the basic requirements.
b. Intermediate Grade.In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Full Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Intermediate Grade will have demonstrated the ability to analyze and solve more complex medical problems and meet the following requirements:
(1) Experience / Education
(a) 1 year of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) Successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(c) A Masters degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
c. Senior Grade.In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Intermediate Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Individuals appointed or advanced to Senior Grade will have demonstrated the behaviors or responsibilities listed in one or more of the following categories: Clinical Proficiency, Education, Professional Development, Management/Administrative, and Research, as applicable to the assignment
(1) Experience / Education
(a) 3 years of professional practice as a PA; or
(b) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and successful completion of a PA post-graduate residency program accredited by ARC-PA or by the U.S. Armed Forces; or
(c) 2 years of professional practice as a PA and a Masters degree from a PA training program certified by ARC-PA or in another health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; or
(d) A Doctoral degree in a health-related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U. S. Department of Education.
(2) Management/Administrative.One of the following responsibilities must be demonstrated:
(a) Evaluates service level patient care delivery systems and validates or identifies barriers to safe, effective care. Presents findings and recommendations to appropriate management officials and participates in implementation of changes.
(b) Manages patient quality management data bases such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) if assigned.
(c) Serves on service or facility committees/task forces if applicable to the assignment.
(d) Coordinates consult referrals within the service assigned.
(e) Coordinates and facilitates inter-service agreements.
d. Chief Grade.In addition to meeting the basic requirements, candidates must meet all requirements described in this standard for Senior Grade through VA employment or non-VA PA positions with equivalent scope and complexity. Appointment or promotion to Chief Grade is based on the individuals demonstrated high level of clinical expertise, leadership ability, and the ability to function with a high degree of autonomy. Further, the PA candidate for Chief Grade will have demonstrated all the requirements of one or more of the following categories: Management/Administrative, Clinical Proficiency, Professional Development and Research.
(1) Experience / Education
(a) Generally, an individual in this grade is able to demonstrate the behaviors listed in the areas below after 5 years of professional practice as a PA; and,
(b) The minimum education for this grade is a Masters Degree from a PA training program accredited by ARC-PA or in a health-related field of study. However, experience as a PA may be substituted for the Masters degree where the individual has an equivalent knowledge of the profession and has successfully undertaken a combination of difficult or complex assignments in several clinical, administrative, research and educational arenas which required a high degree of competence.
(a) Accepts substantial and continuing responsibility for managing or coordinating a healthcare program including follow-up actions to ensure compliance with regulatory bodies required by internal and external review organizations and accrediting bodies, and;
(b) Successfully integrates the activities of the employees assignment with other patient care programs at the facility or with similar programs on a broader geographic basis, and;
(c) Develops policies and procedures and participates in executive level decision making deliberations, and;
(d) Participates in long range program planning and model development for effective delivery of services, and;
(e) Performs a full range of administrative duties relative to the assignment.
(3) Clinical Competencies
(a) Evaluates facility patient care delivery systems and validates or identifies barriers to safe, effective care. Presents findings and recommendations to appropriate management officials and participates in implementation of changes, and;
(b) Exhibits leadership in initiating changes in patient care programs based on current concepts and findings from research and/or studies, and;
(c) Facilitates the delivery of patient care in collaboration with health professionals, health managers and other health care personnel, and;
(d) Exhibits exceptional clinical skills and consistently demonstrates a high level of expertise in diagnosing and treating seriously ill, multi-symptomatic patients.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. AAVAHCS is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with visits to the Emergency Department and admissions for medical co-morbidities. Working closely with others; & protracted or irregular hours of work. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
What To Expect Next
After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.
We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.**
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
Salary Range: $68,509.00 to $119,429.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: VN-0603-00/00
Promotion Potential: 13
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: United States Citizens
Control Number: 445943300
Job Announcement Number: AD-16-JAM-1763142-BU